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“The Best Historic Savannah Home Tour”
Review of Owens-Thomas House

Owens-Thomas House
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$55.00*
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Savannah Trolley and Historic Walking Tour Combo
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$21.25*
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History and Architecture Tour of Savannah
Ranked #12 of 218 things to do in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Owens-Thomas House is considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in America. Inspired by classical antiquity, this style of architecture takes its name from England’s King George IV, who ruled as Prince Regent from 1811 to 1820.The house was designed by the young English architect William Jay, one of the first professionally-trained architects practicing in the United States. The elegant residence was built from 1816 to 1819 for cotton merchant and banker Richard Richardson and his wife Francis Bolton. Mr. Richardson’s brother-in-law was married to Ann Jay, the architect’s sister. Three years after the house’s completion, Richardson suffered financial losses and sold his house, which later came under possession of the Bank of the United States.
Reviewed May 16, 2013

The Owens-Thomas House is by far the best historic home tour in Savannah. Getting the Telfair package is the best way to go- $20 per person for access to the home and both museums. As students, we were able to get the whole package for $5 each, a great value! The tour begins in the slave quarters/carriage house, where information about the family is given and attention is drawn to the original 200 year old paint (incredible!). For there, the tour goes through the garden into the main house. Our tour guide was extremely informative, answered all questions thoroughly, and was very friendly. Many pieces were original including a desk with filled with one-of-a-kind books. The architecture of the home was a perfect example of Neoclassical work, exemplified by balance and unity. The tour guide pointed out many doors that did not lead anywhere and were false to give the appearance of balance, along with a dome ceiling that is actually flat. This tour was very educational but gave us more freedom than the other homes in area by allowing us to venture about in the rooms and take our time looking at different items. I do plan on returning to the Owens-Thomas House and highly recommend it.

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Reviewed May 14, 2013

Very comprehensive tour of the historic house. Interesting architectural features in this house. Would not claim it was worth the money without also using the ticket to also see the Telfair Academy and Jepson Center

Thank spiesner
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Over the years the preservation of this gorgeous home built in 1820 is amazing. many of the details look art deco, which was on hundred years later. The docent are terrific and well worth the admission. Make an advance reservation before your arrival in Savannah.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

While I enjoy touring historic homes and this one was beautiful and had some neat elements, I found overall it was alittle disappointing. I've toured a few restored homes in Savannah and other places in the US and while this one had some unique features in it's design and history, my family will most likely not revisit.

Thank Melissa S
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

I think the extra cost is due to the fact that there is a human guide. You don't get to see all the rooms and overall it was a rather quick tour. Kinda thought I paid $15.00 for a $7.00 tour. The bridge upstairs was cool to see but everything else seemed typical. It was the only house we went to so I don't really have another one to compare it with.

Thank TDK2013
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